Definition of vegetate in English:

vegetate

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Live or spend a period of time in a dull, inactive, unchallenging way.

    ‘if she left him there alone, he'd sit in front of the television set and vegetate’
    • ‘Now, he was quite content to work on and draw a fairly respectable salary as an alternative to vegetating on a basic old age pension.’
    • ‘I didn't want to sit and vegetate in front of the TV so I started the course.’
    • ‘If I don't help him along, he will sit there and vegetate.’
    • ‘We're back, after two weeks of vegetating in Bangalore, in the most beautiful cool weather.’
    • ‘Not that I read any more or make music or write - I just vegetate in front of the myriad digital channels we now have.’
    • ‘I thought I was faced with vegetating on benefits until pensionable age, but I'm now ready for a new future.’
    • ‘John was vegetating and getting demotivated because of the lack of work opportunities.’
    • ‘I should take a night or a day to just stop and vegetate - take a bubble bath or watch a movie - but I haven't been able to bring myself to do so yet.’
    • ‘Aunt Lou is still vegetating in Holy Light Nursing Home.’
    • ‘Joseph prefers to vegetate on a sofa and read his books.’
    • ‘So I'm going to just vegetate a bit and collapse.’
    • ‘Instead I was vegetating, bringing the kids home from school, doing crosswords.’
    • ‘I've drunk myself stupid at university, I've smoked, and I've vegetated.’
    • ‘All you do is vegetate and count the milliseconds until you can go home.’
    • ‘If I had my druthers, I'd so be staying here for the weekend and just vegetating.’
    • ‘I'm going to vegetate tonight, and then tomorrow I shall transform myself into a super efficient research machine.’
    • ‘‘I'm not sitting and vegetating, I need to get cracking,’ he said.’
    • ‘I work long days, and then tend to vegetate when I'm not working, so I'm always at one of extremes, activity-wise.’
    • ‘It was his first competitive action since Royal St George's, following a much-needed break in which he vegetated on the sofa and reacquainted himself with his Rangers season-ticket.’
    do nothing, idle, be inactive, languish, laze, laze about, laze around, lounge, lounge about, lounge around, loll, loll about, loll around, loaf, loaf about, loaf around, slouch, slouch about, slouch around
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  • 2dated (of a plant or seed) grow; sprout.

    sprout, shoot up, spring up, develop, bud, burst forth, germinate, bloom
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    1. 2.1with object Cause plants to grow in or cover (a place)
      • ‘To be effective, a vegetative infiltration area must be designed, constructed, vegetated, and adequately maintained.’
      • ‘Although there were abundant lakes and ponds on the islands, they would have been vegetated chiefly by bulrushes.’
      • ‘This area is lightly vegetated with juniper, pine, sage, and grasses.’
      • ‘But during the last 200 years, exotic annual grasses from Europe started taking over, and now only 2 percent of the state's grasslands are vegetated by native perennial grasses.’
      • ‘The Board plans to vegetate Waterfall Gully with more native trees and plants.’
  • 3Medicine
    (of an abnormal growth) increase in size.

    • ‘The 8-cm-high vegetating tumor consisted of solid sheets of poorly cohesive epithelioid cells broken into clusters by strands of stroma.’
    • ‘When THC is exposed to UV-B while vegetating, it increases the UV-B melatonin which attaches to the THC.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin vegetat- ‘enlivened’, from the verb vegetare, from vegetus ‘active’, from vegere ‘be active’.

Pronunciation

vegetate

/ˈvejəˌtāt//ˈvɛdʒəˌteɪt/